— Rachel Marshall, San Francisco Bay View
San Francisco – The District Attorney’s Office has filed homicide charges against former San Francisco Police Department Officer Chris Samayoa, who fatally shot Keita O’Neil in December 2017. The homicide occurred before District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s election and remained under investigation when Boudin took office. Following a careful review of the case, the District Attorney’s Office filed a warrant for Chris Samayoa’s arrest, which a judge signed on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
On Nov. 23, the District Attorney’s Office formally filed charges of voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, assault by a police officer, and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence against former Officer Samayoa. The case is believed to be the first homicide prosecution against a law enforcement officer in San Francisco history.